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  • 105: Matthew Jordan Smith

    Posted September 14, 2011 By in Episode Guide With | 1 Comment

    Episode 105


    Matthew Jordan Smith, Photographer
    Celebrated photographer Matthew Jordan Smith has worked with some of the most well known names in entertainment today including Halle Berry, Jennifer Connelly, Jamie Foxx, Emily Watson, and Oprah Winfrey.  Singer and actress Vanessa L. Williams, television personality Star Jones Reynolds and basketball legend Michael Jordan have all chosen Matthew to create their personal portraits while Pantene, L’Oreal, Revlon, HBO and Showtime are just a few of the international clients that have used his artistry to showcase their vision.

    Matthew’s knack for relating to his photographic subjects on a personal level led to the creation of his first book published by St. Martin’s Press, Sepia Dreams: A Celebration of African-American Achievement Through Words and Images in the Fall of 2001.  Sepia Dreams is a collection of photographs and interviews with fifty African-American celebrities whom speak candidly about the motivations and qualities that enabled them to find and embrace their dreams.  E! Entertainment featured an interview in which celebrities Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry and Taye Diggs speak about their involvement with Matthew in making Sepia Dreams.

    Matthew’s love of photography and people stretches far beyond his commissioned work and has given birth to several personal projects including two new books.  The first book entitled Lost and Found and sponsored by Microsoft focuses on missing and exploited children and is endorsed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  The book features moving portraits of families whose lives have been touched by the haunting loss of a child.  His current book project focuses on the beauty of movement and will be published in 2012.

    Matthew has appeared as guest photographer and surprise judge on the hit TV show America’s Next Top Model numerous times.  In addition to appearing on Top Model, he has been the subject of television and magazine interviews including The View, Good Day New York, and BET.  He counts among his many magazine interviews In Style, Essence, Photo District News, Rangefinder, and Professional Photographer.

    A native of New York City, Matthew has taught at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.  He is also an active volunteer with several art schools including Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, and RIT.  He is a Board Member of Kids With A Cause Europe.  Matthew resides in Los Angeles.


    Tamara talks with beauty and fashion photographer, Matthew Jordan Smith, about shooting what you love, how to get out and make business happen, and his favorite photography “toys.”


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Comments (1)

Gaston » 20. Jul, 2014

This interview was exeremtly helpful to me as an ACE Fellow Joe did an excellent job of outlining the importance and benefits of residence hall life for students and for the campus. The sense of community and belonging is increasingly important in today’s world of social media, as well as in the face of increased stress that our students face. While not all of us will have the opportunity to live on campus, I know one Chancellor who has similarly kept in touch with the students by eating breakfast with them every morning in the dorm cafeterias. Thanks for your insights, Joe!